Cabinet Secretariat

The Scottish Cabinet comprises the First Minister and all Cabinet Secretaries. The Minister for Parliamentary Business and the Permanent Secretary also attend Cabinet.  The Lord Advocate may also attend in his or her role as the Scottish Government's principal legal adviser.

Cabinet meetings are held weekly (while Parliament is sitting) in Bute House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, and may also be held at other times in locations throughout Scotland.

The Scottish Government operates on the basis of collective responsibility, meaning that all decisions reached by the Scottish Ministers, individually or collectively, are binding on all members of the Government.

Scottish Ministers are expected to behave in a way that upholds the highest standards of propriety, in accordance with the Scottish Ministerial Code.

The Scottish Cabinet is supported by the Cabinet Secretariat, which works on behalf of all Cabinet members to manage Cabinet business and facilitate collective decision-making.

Current MSPs

Contact a Minister

Email: Ministers' Mailbox (scottish.ministers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk)

Find the relevant Cabinet Secretary or Minister

How to contact a Minister
  • Initial contact with the Private Office of any Cabinet Secretary or Minister must be in writing
  • Correspondence addressed to any Minister may be passed to the relevant subject expert for reply on behalf of the Minister
  • We aim to respond to all correspondence within 20 working days
  • Correspondence sent to a number of Ministers will be allocated to the Minister’s office holding the main portfolio responsibility and their officials for reply

We aim to answer everything received.  We may be unable to provide a response if your correspondence:

  • contains offensive language
  • is illegible or cannot be read
  • is selling or promoting a product
  • is concerning a matter not devolved to the Scottish Government